Singer Robert Gordon Passed Away At 75
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Robert Gordon, best known for his work in the rockabilly revivalist movement of the late ’70s, died at age 75.
The American singer, who became famous for his rockabilly music passed away at the age of 75. Last month, Gordon’s family initiated a GoFundMe campaign to help the singer fight his battle with acute myeloid leukemia. The fundraising page noted:
“Robert’s incredible voice and his music has not only put rockabilly back on the map, but it has also made memories for us all. A voice like his, coupled with the authenticity he brings to the music, is unforgettable and doesn’t come around very often.”
Matt Green, the VP of the recording label of Gordon, said in a statement:
“Cleopatra Records would like to offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
“We liked working with Robert and will miss his powerful baritone vocal as well as his focused dedication to his music.”
Gordon, who was inspired by Elvis Presley made his recording debut at age 17 with a band called the Confidentials. Throughout the ’60s, he became more interested in the R&B act. In 1970, he moved to New York City and joined the Tuff Darts, a punk band that was one of the first to establish themselves in a music bar called CBGB.
In 1976, Tuff Darts recorded several songs such as “All for the Love of Rock and Roll,” “Head Over Heels” and “Slash.” Eventually, Gordon was scouted by the same producer who helped Blondie and Ramones launch their careers, Richard Gottehre.
Gottehre suggested Gordon try working on rockabilly-style music with guitarist and instrumental-rock pioneer Link Wray. Only a year after, he was able to release their first album together, Robert Gordon with Link Wray, which caught a massive attention after Presley’s death that year.
One of the highlights of Gordon’s career is when he hit the Hot 100 twice. First with a cover of “Red Hot” performed with Wray (No. 83 in 1977), and second, his take on Marshall Crenshaw’s “Someday, Someway” in 1981 (No. 76).